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and two shorter ones in his pocket and had it not been for the quick action, the courageous action of people there, he would have loaded and 30 more bullets would have been discharged. i come to this issue as a parent and a grandparent. i was on my way to the rural part of my district on friday when i heard the news about the shootings in connecticut. first i heard three had died. that was bad enough, and then i heard 20 children had died. i was devastated. i have two grandchildren the same age as the children who were shot and killed in newtown, connecticut. on sunday, when i opened the newspaper to read about the shootings, i saw a photograph of one of the children who was killed. her name was emily. a little blonde-haired girl with a beautiful smile. she looked at me from the paper, i saw my granddaughter's elsa and tilly looking back at me. so i come to this issue as a grandparent whose children but for fate could have been in the same situation as the children in newtown. and come to this as a member of congress. you know the people back home in just about every district keep
, not later. we have to take action and the liver just like we did after 9/11, the things that are necessary for us to get things done today. i mean we have to start moving, planning, and constructing. one final project that is critical to and -- to new york state and minnesota and that is we have to preserve the next two titles are going in for the future and they will be built and designed so there was no water to go in there. we cannot shut down the two tunnels under what transit people call the north river and what i call the hudson. that is the only way in from new jersey. we need to more so that we can rebuild the existing tubes so we don't have this difficulty in the future. i need your help for that and i appreciate the time you have given me. >> a pretty big operation. we are happy to have you here and ask of you that you give us your view on the recovery efforts on what the damage looks like. >> thank you, mr. chairman. thank you for inviting me to testify before that committee on this critically important issue. and the chairman and ceo of the metropolitan transit safety associati
of duty? why is it not the grounds for disciplinary action? the 1998 bombings in kenya and tanzania, the a.r.b. formed then came out with a series of recommendations. many of your recommendations today, broader ones, are very similar. those bombings in east africa were supposed to have been a never-again moment. what happened between then and now that this could possibly have happened to? >> without accepting your characterization of the problem, it is clear that under the law and in connection with the state department regulatory practice, one has to find willful misconduct or similar kinds of action in order to find a breach of duty. one of our recommendations is, there is such a large gap between willful misconduct which leads obviously to conclusions about discipline, letters of reprimand, separation, the removal of an individual temporarily from duty, that we believe that gap ought to be filled. we found perhaps close to, as we sit in the report, breach -- but there were performance inadequacies. these are the ones we believe ought to be taken up. >> how did the lessons of kenya and t
of you who is listening or watching. without you, change would not have happened. your actions resulted in bradley being moved from quantico. make no mistake about that. with your actions, and the draconian actions he lived under for nine months came to an end. the magical watchers healed him and he was no longer required to live in the condition he was in. we all know that he cannot be here tonight. he knows tonight is happening. he wanted me to personally thank each and every one of you for taking the time to write to him. for signing petitions, for attending marches and rallies. thank you to writing to our government complaining about his conditions. thank you for donating to his legal defense. for volunteering at courage to resist and the bradley manning support network. he wanted me to thank you for carrying about him. the that so we have waged for the last two years cannot have been fought without your help. it has been a hard fight. we are at 140 exhibits. that amounts to over 20,000 pages of written attachments. i'm confident by the time this comes to a conclusion, this will be
. >> happy holidays. >> unless president obama and congress take action, tax rates will go on everyone on gingrey first. the day after that, and mandatory sequester will go into effect -- january 1st. the day after that, and mandatory sequester will go into effect. on the 10th of may, we pass legislation that would replace the sequester which irresponsible spending cuts. the events of this past week make clearer than ever that these measures reflect the will of the house. the american people reelected president obama on election day. the also elected a republican majority in the house. they give us all the mandate. not a mandate to raise taxes on families of small businesses, and meant it for us to work together to begin solving the massive debt that threatens our future. the president and senate democrats have vowed to reject an veto all of our proposals waffling to offer responsible solutions of their own. -- proposals while failing to offer responsible solutions of their own. instead, he wants more spending and more tax hikes that will hurt our economy. he refuses to challenge the m
to determine what course of action to take. it is very sad. host: would you do to improve this situation? more government funding for facilities? more outpatient help? caller tell all of the above. it is so important, there are so many people whose lives are fragmented by mental illness. it is a very sad situation, having worked in the field for many, many years. it should be obvious, to be kinder to people, for one thing. to be able to identify people who are at risk of becoming ill. host: do you see resources for families? is there a good place to go to get help? caller: certainly to their physicians, but oftentimes that is not enough. people cannot -- people can be almost frightened by the prospect of anyone in their family or in society being truly l and frustrated. -- ill and frustrated. host: this piece chronicles the shootings that happened in 2012, lead to -- leaving at least 88 dead. the tragedy in connecticut is described as indescribable. 27 people, including 18 children were shot to death. it goes on to say -- 16 of the mass shootings this year, including one in georgia at a korean
to stay. social media is here to stay. what do you see as a possibility? >> my own belief is actions. actions are needed. decisions need to be made. that requires leadership, people to step forward and say, look, follow me, and i will take us in a different direction. we're going to face up to these things. then it is each individual's a choice. are they going to be a part of that, are they going to be a part of this endless food fight? >> a few historians have written books recently about the great senators, the great leaders of the past, and suggesting there fewer and farther between. with your study of this institution, this body, would you agree with that? >> i think there are many exceptional people here. i said in my farewell speech yesterday, i have enormous respect for this institution. the vast majority of my colleagues want to do the right thing. many times, doing the right thing, it is hard to know what is the right have to take in the midst of all of this conflict. -- half to take in the midst of all of this conflict. >> that is different from leadership. >> that is absol
important tool with 42% finding it to be the highest for public policy action. the commercial building modernization act addresses many of the unique challenges in an financing energy-efficient projects for the future. first, technology neutral -- giving them the ability to install traditional and state of the art. second is performance based their awards buildings only. third, it provides verification by giving 60% of the deduction for the design and 40% after the calculation for savings. the current law requires a retrofit for the code. this would be changed with the sliding scale against the buildings actual energy consumption to the previous years. let me explain why this is important. you are familiar with the upgrade recently completed the empire state building. under current law, that project does not qualify even though we are projecting a 38% energy savings as compared to the building's previous performance. but under this, the empire state building would qualify because savings are compared to the buildings own energy. finally, the legislation provides incentives for the real
but it was a class action involving a number of accounts. the federal trade commission sued them for a greases of violations. this is the type of furnisher that constitutes 40% of disputes. this is the kind of furnisher the industry says it does not want to burden with the obligation of resolving disputes. they are required by law to settle disputes. the reason that they are still in the system is because they are the customers. they pay the credit bureaus who enter their information into the system and pull reports. the creditors and debt collectors that are the major customers of the credit bureaus, not the consumer -- this is an industry unlike every other industry -- usually in an industry you have competition and the consumer has a choice. in this system, consumers do not have a choice. if you are unhappy with hal experian handles your information, you do not have the choice. there is no traditional market force to improve the services to consumers. on the other hand, creditors and debt buyers can choose between the credit bureaus and they are the ones paying the bulk of the revenues. >>
a topsy-turvy day, but not a lot of action. we have democrats who started the day saying republicans threw in demand to change the way entitlement benefits are paid out and that was a non-starter. this said they would not move until republicans took that on the table. they have not gotten a counter offer back from democrat so they say they are waiting to see where they are. both sides huddled with their caucuses today. they said they were fine with taking that demand of the table, but they're still trying to balance the entire budget on the backs of the middle class. what i hear from people who were working the negotiations is that across-the-board defense and entitlement cuts going into effect are a big sticking point in these negotiations. people are trying to avoid taxes going up automatically and there is a spending side trying to make sure these do not happen and a sticking point for how and if they avoid these will trying to avert the tax increases. guest: i was in the scrum of reporters as he walked out of the democratic caucus meeting. he asked senator reid if he planned to make a
. everyone agrees that that action is necessary. to get things moving, i have just spoken with the majority leader. i have placed a call to the vice president to see if he can jumpstart negotiations. the vice president and i have worked together on solutions before and i believe we can again. i want my colleagues to know that we will keep everyone updated. the consequences of this are too high for the american people to be engaged in a political message in campaign. i am interested in getting a result. i was here yesterday. we submitted our latest proposal at 7:00 p.m. last night. we are willing to work with whoever can help. there is no single issue that remains them possible sticking point. the sticking point appears to be a willingness and interest, with courage to close the deal. i want everyone to know i am willing to get this done, but i need a dance partner. >> [indiscernible] >> we have been negotiating now for 36 hours, or thereabouts. we did have conversations last night between staffs. we tried to come up with a counter offer to my friend's proposal. at this stage we are not able
of their actions don't seem to reflect, the nuance that goes into consensus building and that sort of a thing. and as far as their preference or stated preferences in the present or in the past for a coalition with liberals, my own view is that train has left the station. i think there is so much bad blood now between non-islamists and the brotherhood that that's probably not in the offing in the short term. and i think we will probably see more and more collaboration between the brotherhood and salafis, and that has been the trend. there has been this polarizing trend. there have been a number of groups, revolutionary groups and liberal groups that endorsed morsi for president against hamid shafik, who they saw as someone who represented the old regime and desperately did not want to bring that back, and they feel extremely betrayed by the brotherhood's decisions and by president morsi's decisions. and i very much doubt that they'd be willing to go down that road again having already been severely burned over the course of the last month. >> so, for that group of people, this referendum is a
criteria. in conclusion, the fomc's actions today are part of our ongoing effort to support economic recovery and job creation while maintaining price sfabblet. as i have stressed, while monetary policy has its limits, only the private and public working together can get the u.s. economy fully back on track. in particular it will be critical that fiscal policymakers come together soon to achieve longer term fiscal sustainability without adopting policies that could derail the ongoing policy. thank you. i would be happy to answer your questions. >> i guess i have ad. unemproacr -- you have another paragraph that's not just targeted something else. so what good are these targets if you have to reference the calendar date? >> we will be learning about what unintended consequences they make, and we will see what else happens to the economy that affects the levels of unemployment, for example, that we hope to achieve. so for that reason, as i discussed in my opening remarks, we decided to make the right ra for asset -- criteria for asset purchases qualitative right now because we have a n
action in court. we did not agree and we did not agree to go that route. the champion of transparency attempted to have a back door meeting with us so that it could go forward that they were really transparent. if you are the boss and you move out and you know that this guy is doing that, why would you replace him? he may have left for some reason. but you replace him with someone who is equally transparent or better. the president has choices about who he places in what jobs, if i want to make sure something does not get fixed, i will hire someone who does not fix it. there is a lot more to be set. there was a lot of excitement and enthusiasm with obama's promises. i have a lot of hope in the courts. they are patient with the obama administration obstructionist cetitude -- and their patient with the obama administration obstructionist attitude has worn thin. >> norm eisen never my boss. just for those of you who do not know, we have been talking about the white house visitor logging. there is ongoing the vacation now over their status. the position of the white house remains these ar
that will not go away most decisive action is taken. time and time again young people in my constituency telling me public transport. maybe because it doesn't go far enough or perhaps they are expected to pay a full adult fare until they're 18. i young people in the area seemed to me they feel the effects of legislation and i've also got young people who say they traveling by public public transfer completely unacceptable. this has to stop, mr. speaker. i'm pleased that the president has been able to achieve this year on a national basis the committee has been a shining example of what can happen when young people get together and work on a particular issue. i'm grateful to the department of education transfer for showing support for the process is less transport providers and charities who have also shown their support. mr. speaker, transport is one of those problems we can work on a local as well as national basis. i'm a local level and cease to work with the council as well as local transport providers to create a new use for it, which i hope will increase dialogue between young people and trans
to bring together the world of ideas with your world a policy action. very happy to have our director of the latin-american program. and of course, very pleased that this is an event we are co- sponsoring with immigration works that did most of the work for this. the president of emigration works really put the panel together, as well as very proud to co-concert arizona university. i want to acknowledge a senior scholar at the woodrow wilson center. and many other good friends here. good to see dan and rubber co and many others at the woodrow wilson center. there is no doubt the latino vote was important past election. we did not know how important this would be when we started to put this together. we started this with a question mark. we decided to keep the question mark on there because there are many people that will claim the election outcomes for the results of different factors. i do not think there is any doubt. for anyone who watched endless hours of talks tv and talk radio the days after the elections, like me, no there was no theme that came out more often than the importan
is the remainder. some of this will not be actionable. i want to put in perspective that even at a conservative dollar the plan could go over $7 billion gross. that would be enough to fully fund. these are big numbers. these are programs that congress has already said need to be funded through this auction. when also allocated seven of the net revenues. they can extend unemployment benefits. it was part of the baked compromise. my concern is if we take spectrum off the table snot do the things we are committed to. >> i am looking at this chart right now. it could be very generous. about 55 mhz come at the assumption that they will actually be able to yield. i am a little skeptical they will be able to yield that much for option. i hope i am wrong this is the variable portion of how much can be auctioned. the fixed portion is already here. you have the channel 37 and the remainder. this is the fixed portion. i wanted to point that out. that is a guaranteed amount that will not be option. leslie at a dollar per megahertz, -- secondly, at the dollar per megahertz went for about $2.70. >> this coul
hearing about this problem, that is one thing that does not require congressional action. the consumer financial protection bureau is the new game in town. aople don't think of them as federal loan side. even on the federal side, on the ground, people have already borrowed. having the existing programs work well as incredibly important. >> president obama said a lot on the campaign trail that he wanted to tie federal student and federal aid. we have not seen specifics on that. >> we have seen specifics from a prior version of the proposal. for the campus based funding, the perkins loan, the grant, it is the college's success. and keeping the tuition for the price from growing too quickly, the final proposal is somewhat different. president obama did say that he wanted to -- it is exactly the same size as the private student loan market place. it is tied to their keeping tuition increases under control. >> there is the possibility of the dream act. i think that it is a big potential. anything else? we have touched on some of this, and there is so much more. at some point, i guess that a
't work, what would work? and i've become very pessimistic that we become any action forcing mechanism. >> rudy, thank you. >> thank you. i'm delighted to be here today. i want to talk about four basic themes for you to think about. the first one is the discussion that we're having today is really not about the fiscal cliff at all and fiscal cliffs more than the massive tax increases and the spending cuts is also about a number of other things, including extended unemployment benefits and so there are a number of thing that really need to be addressed but this discussion really isn't about the fiscal cliff per se because if congress and the president, they could come together quickly and pass a bill very easily that would put off the fiscal cliff either for some large period of time or even indefinitely. it really is about making a down payment as both rudy and david had said, on closing deficits in the future, but i would say it's also really about the president's campaign, not just this past election, but the first -- his first election to like -- hike taxes on the successful. i thin
are able and enthusiastic and capable. thank you very much. >> you took some action that has enabled us to respond. it insures that fema had the capability to respond. last year it was the decision of congress to fully fund disaster relief funds purses dealing with the ongoing disasters. they have a balance of over $4 billion. we are able to continue response to previous disasters. secretary donna van point out it is a finite resource and based upon the damages will require supplemental. much of the impact of sandy go far beyond fema programs. we have major transit issues. there will be significant challenges with housing. for the month -- fema's assistance for housing is limited. we can provide a renter's assistance for up to 18 months. if there are no homes to move into that continues as a burden. that is why we felt it was very important that we build the framework. we're very supportive of the president's decision to have a cabinet. it recognizes roles, much of the infrastructure and long-term housing needs are best addressed to existing programs that will need more funding. as we l
. we have to come together. we will have to take meaningful action to prevent more tragedies like this from happening regardless of politics. this weekend, michele and i are doing what i know every parent is doing, holding our children as close as we can and reminding them how much will love them. there are families in conn who cannot do that today. they need all of us right now. while nothing can take the place of a lost child or loved one, all of us can extend a hand to those in need to remind them that we are there for them, that we are praying for them, and the love they felt for those they lost not just in doris in their own memories but in their communities and their country. thank you and god bless you. >> john boehner sent his prayers and condolences to those in connecticut. there would be no weekly address a president obama could speak to all of those in this time of morning. tomorrow, stan collender and josh gordon have the latest news on the fiscal cliff negotiations and preview the week ahead. mike kibbe discusses freedom works and the organization's fund-raising going
fund a federal action contingency trust fund. we are in addition to putting money no our rainy day fund we are putting money into a fund where the governor has pretty broad discretion. consults with the legislature but unlike the rainy day fund which is based solely on a drop in revenue, the fact fund is intended to address cuts in areas where we can put funds into particular sectors in northern virginia or hampton roads to offset those costs to just incentivize the private sector to come back in and create those jobs and replace those jobs and grow them. so we are trying to work with a lot of private sector solutions in virginia. to address the challenges that we have. they're great. but we're ready for the challenge. and we're going to do our part obviously with the balanced budget. we must balance our budget if it requires cutting. that's what will happen. we have tried to be very conservative in our revenue estimates. knowing that these things loom out there. but with the uncertainty in d.c., it's really difficult. the governor will announce next week his budget for next year. but w
with an immediately actionable plan, a blueprint to guide our actions, and we will complete this part of this process. we have already seen how the impact to cell service can dominate the real market, but we note demand out there currently that is not met and the demand will continue to rise, and ultimately we cannot meet that demand without a sustained commitment from the government. it is up to us to rise to that challenge to us as we have so many times in the past. we have been recently reminded of this after hurricane sandy, which caused unprecedented damage. after efforts to restore services, we saw a picture of how the central the northeast corridor is to put the economy and a way of life. it makes you think, what of alexander cassatt, the president of the pennsylvania railroad, would have thought in the 19th century? today penn station accommodates 550,000 passengers today. in 1900, those tunnels were called to expensive, impossible to build. some of cassatt's shareholders thought he was nuts, but can you imagine new york today without it? sandy showed us what new york was without it. it is up
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